Seal of Disapproval

The Arctic — icy, vast, forbidding. In these frigid depths, warm-blooded creatures face the cold realities of survival. Tonight, on Extreme Ocean Quest, we’ll explore this harsh, unyielding… (Um, pardon me, I’m trying to introduce the show here…)


Photo by marine biologist Dr. Alex Mustard.

The Ignoble Life of the Professional Sports Mascot

I tell people what I do, and they always go wide-eyed like it’s some kinda dream job. Yeah, as if. Try sweating under forty pounds of fur and fiberglas while some dipstick in a chicken suit pounds you with a rubber mallet and then get back to me.

Don’t get me wrong; it’s not all bad. The hours are convenient. Beer’s half price. Sometimes I put on the head and drive around, y’know, just to mess with people. But seriously, if you’d told me I’d be doing this, I’d have shown up more in college.


“This is a photo bomb with my boston terrier Porkchop,” writes Katherine M.

O HAI ARE YOO REEDIN THE NOOS?

KIN I REED THE NOOS TOO, KIN I HUH, KIN I?

Special thanks to commenter LauraH, who says she actually saw this as it happened. She was not seeing things; she was not hallucinating.

It’s the Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love

Announcer: Are you ready to save the planet? Then sign up for Outbound Rainforest Loving Youth! Each year, ORLY volunteers venture deep into threatened habitats, protecting endangered species — and finding themselves. So join ORLY today, and start making a diff… HEY DO YOU MIND? WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE A TV COMMERCIAL HERE! YOU’RE BLOCKING OUR SHOT! G’WAN, GIT!


Photo: Manuel Ramirez/CATERS. Story via The Guardian.

A Girlfriend for the Banff Crasher Squirrel?

She’s all, “…Love lift us up where we belong! 

Where the eagles cry, on a mountain high…”


Photo by Caryn Walters, sent in by Marilyn T. Got squirrels or any other fabulous travel photo? Enter it now at the National Geographic Traveler Photo ContestEnds July 11. Also, don’t miss the original Banff Crasher Squirrel. Hee.

Ceiling Cat Is Watching You Ruminate

In another installment of the Cute Overload Distance Learning series, we take you now to a lecture at the Philosophy Department at New York University:


This… Is… Photobomb!

So Much for That Take

Now in this scene, Melissa, your husband has just gone off to fight in the war, and you’re left to run the family farm alone. So as you slowly survey the yard, I need to see that sense of anguished helplessness on your face. Right, good. But then, you see the butter churn, and all those memories start flooding back, and right there you resolve to — HEY, THIS IS A CLOSED SET! SOMEONE CALL SECURITY!

C.O. Photography Tips

Unless your name happens to be Ansel Adams, the craft of landscape photography can be a joyless and frustrating one. If one wishes to merely document an environment, then any approach will do; but to truly capture the majestic soul of a mountain, or the serene beauty of a field of wheat, greater care is required in the selection of equipment, location, and most paramount, composition.

To illustrate, let us consider the landscape below. At first glance, it seems disjointed, overly busy — hardly a sweeping vista worthy of our lens. But by moving the camera to one side, and changing the angle, we discover Will you get the heck out of the way?! Trying to teach a class here! Jeez, some people!

Seal Bomb

[Who needs another BOOOORING photo of penguins? Look over here!]

Mika W. says Squirrel Bomb is sooo 2009.

Every. Single. Time.

Did they love her? Sure. But Sally’s inexplicable need to hog the camera in every picture made for some pretty monotonous photo albums.

Giving snake eyes a whole new meaning, Shelley T.

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